The Bihar Police have launched a probe after a video that purportedly showed a woman being raped by a man in the presence of other people, apparently in the Magadh region of Bihar went viral on social media platforms.
“The video footage had surfaced last week when it was shared on social media. In the clip, the dialect being spoken was Magahi which gives an impression that the heinous crime was committed somewhere in the Magadh region,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaya, Rajiv Mishra was quoted by PTI.
He said that it was not yet clear as to when and where the crime had taken place nor who are the victim and the perpetrators. However, yesterday a zero FIR was lodged at the Kotwali police station of Gaya following a direction to this effect from the Deputy Inspector General Vinay Kumar.
All the districts falling in the Magadh region have been provided with details of the case. Our search is on. If upon investigation it is found that the offence had taken place in some other district, the zero FIR will be transferred to the police station concerned,” he said.
A report by Hindustan Times said that the language spoken in the video — which the state police headquarters received Friday — reflected dialects spoken in the Magadh region, which comprises Gaya, Jehanabad, Aurangabad, and Arwal districts. Based on this information, authorities directed Gaya SSP Rajiv Mishra to register an FIR.
In the video, four men are seen laughing and raping the woman even as she is begging them to let her go. However, it is not clear as to where and when the incident happened and who the culprits are.
Incidentally, the matter has come to light close on the heels of a similar instance reported from Jehanabad, adjacent to Gaya, where a minor girl was molested by a group of youths and its video footage was shared on social media.
Thirteen persons, eight of them minors, have been arrested in connection with the Jehanabad incident.